• A commissioner and a gentleman

    A commissioner and a gentleman

    It's been that kind of a fortnight in the city. Before the present state government moved in, I had no idea what a Maharashtra Chief Minister did.

  • Dial M for Mukerjea

    Dial M for Mukerjea

    No one really seems to care about Syrian refugees or servicemen’s pensions or sedition laws or Sensex crashes or Sania’s ‘Khel Ratna’ or the slanging of the Jain community during Prayushan or the shuffling of top cops.

  • Patel Rap on the knuckles

    Patel Rap on the knuckles

    I am half Gujarati. A Patel, actually. Well, my mother is a Patel. So, I am technically a half-Patel. (Or does that make me a full Patel from my mother’s side?) Either way, I am a Patedar

  • Ajinkya, say na!

    Ajinkya, say na!

    Dear 'Jinks' Rahane. Hope all's good in Ceylon. I truly enjoy your batsmanship in test cricket, as much as I used to 'Jammy' Dravid's.

  • Today is 'Frying Pan' Day

    Today is 'Frying Pan' Day

    Today is ‘Frying Pan’ Day. Yesterday was ‘Wash Basin Day’. Friday was ‘Four Poster Bed Day’, Thursday was ‘Green Grass Day’. And Wednesday was ‘Photography Day’

  • We are 69 going on 70

    We are 69 going on 70

    And the gent who runs our country stepped upon the ramparts of the Red Fort on this our 69th anniversary. Of course, there are brand new 2015-2016 promises

  • Porn to be alive!

    Porn to be alive!

    So, the porn ban has been partially lifted. Here's my three-paise-worth — dear government, first it was with land reforms and now love making. A diktat, and then when outrage is expressed, a hasty retreat. Autocracy morphs into an Alice in Wonderland sea of weak justifications

  • I protest

    I protest

    So, I’m a protester. What do I do exactly? I protest, aur kya. Ya, that’s my job

  • My pal, Teesta Setalwad

    My pal, Teesta Setalwad

    Teesta Setalwad is my friend. Well, was my friend, is my friend, whatever the past continuous terminology is for someone you’ve always been fond of, but have lost touch with over the years, after college

  • Rum with a view

    Rum with a view

    Hell, no! Over the last two years, they’ve been systematically shutting down various bastions of my growing up years.

  • Film & Terrorism Institute of India

    Film & Terrorism Institute of India

    I’m not a filmmaker but I adore the notion of the medium. And the theory behind the art form totally fascinates me.

  • 'Need a DVD for tonight?'

    'Need a DVD for tonight?'

    Najeeb Khan was my friend. He ran the legendary Teenage Video Library out of a small store in Colaba

  • I am 53 going on 60

    I am 53 going on 60

    So yes, I had that non-descript birthday last week. 53. Boring. A neither here nor there age. Not a landmark by any stretch

  • Charles has left the building

    Charles has left the building

    I sit in the vast, wonderfully constructed expanse that is the Portuguese Church. It is the funeral of India's most revered urban planner. Of course he was our finest architect

  • Bored exams

    Bored exams

    The ICSE results were out. Her heart thumped like a Yo Yo Honey song. ICSE results seemed to assume Magna Carta-like propotions in a 16-year-old's life. She needed to go online to check her percentage. Online was better than the old system of 'notice board' results. Where everyone could compare

  • Wake up Maggi, I got something to say to you

    Wake up Maggi, I got something to say to you

    So, there is much tamasha going on in our country. Mainly because the national food of India — the Maggi noodle — is about to be banned

  • We regret to inform you

    We regret to inform you

    And so it’s 6 am and I’m at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. All set to board a flight that will take me on a Turkish ‘chutti’...

  • These are the things that should defi be banned

    These are the things that should defi be banned

    What a week. The North Korean leader kills one of his guys with an anti-aircraft gun. Bit of overkill, no? A small revolver would have sufficed

  • 'Gulp-able' homicide!

    'Gulp-able' homicide!

    And so Sallubhai is free. Free on a Friday, what a release, yes?

  • I'm an earthquake

    I'm an earthquake

    I’m sorry. Deeply deeply regretful. For the disaster, the death, the destruction, the debacle, the debris I have caused. I know it’s a tragedy of untold proportions